Which was the first movie/show to use a certain characteristic or technique?

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Which is the first parody film?

I love the parody films like Meet the Spartans,Vampires Suck and Scary Movie film series. I want to know which is the first film made which is parody of other film or films.
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Is there a precedent for casting the same actor in an American remake of a British/foreign television show?

Broadchurch (ITV/BBC America) was my favorite television show, specifically crime drama, in 2013. FOX is remaking the series but changed the name to Gracepoint. Interestingly, they cast David Tennant, ...
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Which movie/tv started showing scenes after credit?

Usually marvel movies have some scenes after credits. Which movie started it all?
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What is the first Bollywood film to have a sequel/prequel?

What is the first Bollywood film to have a sequel or prequel ? The oldest I found is Nigahen: Nagina Part II from 1989. But I think there should be more that are older than this.
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What movie or TV show had the first instance of heroes walking in slow motion?

There's a trope of heroes walking towards the camera in slow motion, shoulder-to-shoulder. What was the first movie where this kind of shot was used?
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What is the cinematic origin (first use) of a “Fortune teller will lose powers after intimacy” trope?

I happened to watch 2 movies in the same week ("Live and Let Die" and "Scorpion King") both of which had a common trope of a fortune teller virginal female who is supposed to lose her prescient powers ...
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First appearance of the walk down a black hallway with evenly spaced circles of light?

What is the first film or television show to employ this trope: character walks away down a blackened hallway with overhead light fixtures creating evenly spaced circles of light on the floor? In ...
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Spend a week in my mansion to inherit my money

I'm watching the Cinematic Titanic riff on Legacy of Blood and I'm interested in the background of the trope used. In the movie, a family leader dies and part of his will requires his family members ...
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What was the first tv show or movie to feature a character who travelled through time?

There have been many characters who have travelled through time but who was the first? Off the top of my head, I can only think of Ebenezer Scrooge and his 3 ghostly visitors. I'm not even sure that ...
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What is the origin of the dialogue “take me instead of her/him”?

In many Hollywood horror movies the last climactic scene features the dialogue "take me instead". For example, Dark Water (2005), The Exorcist and The Ring 2. So what is the origin of this famous ...
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First Hollywood (or at least made in USA) movie where Russian dialog was spoken by Russian speaking actor?

I was wondering what the first movie (made in USA) was where a character speaking Russian was played by an actor for whom Russian was a fluent (though not necessarily first) language, spoken with no ...
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What was the first movie to have an animal protagonist?

I need to know for a project I'm working on at school, and google isn't helping me out. I was to know what was the first movie that actually revolve around an animal character. (has an animal ...
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What is the earliest movie in which “it all turns out to have been a dream”?

What is the earliest movie in which the status of the events as reality is doubted or denied at (or toward) the end? I will limit the case to movies in which almost all of the movie events are ...
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What was the first film or television show that used computer generated credits?

I imagine, but do not know for sure, that in the early days of film and television, credits were filmed on a second reel and added to the production after the fact. Historically, what was the first ...
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When did movies first start to show real world from inside a car?

When did movies first start to show real world from inside a car and not a studio-based rear projection? What was the first movie that contains car sequences all made with real action shots?
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Is Touch of Evil (1958) the first movie to allow actors to drive vehicles?

Recently I watched the movie Touch of Evil (1958), in which Mike Vargus was really driving vehicles with a moving real background: Usually in classic movies, they put running background and the ...
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Is The Cabin in the Woods inspired by Thirteen Ghosts?

While watching The Cabin in the Woods I thought the keeping of ghosts in a glass cabin was inspired by Thirteen Ghosts and even the opening closing sequence of glass cabins also looks similar. Except ...
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Which was the first movie remake?

I want to know Which was the first movie remake in the history of movies? I do not mean reboot. I mean remake i.e. with same story (mostly).
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What was the first movie or TV show to employ a “crime computer” to move the plot along?

This particular plot device is now commonplace in today's movies and TV shows. For example, we have a character like Penelope Garcia in Criminal Minds, who has access to all kinds of government ...
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Was Psych the first TV series to remake its own episode?

Psych, Season 8, Episode 3 ,"Remake A.K.A. Cloudy... With a Chance of Improvement", was a remake of the Season 1 Episode "Cloudy... With a Chance of Murder". The wikipedia entry says it is "the first-...
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What was the first movie with an openly gay main character?

I'm sure there are plenty of never-released gay/lesbian films from early cinema, but what was the first film released in theaters for the general public? For this question, let's consider openly gay ...
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Which was the first animated movie in hollywood?

Which was the first animated movie in Hollywood?
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What is the first movie where an intelligent computer rebels against its creators?

There is a common trope in science fiction about the invention of an intelligent computer which then rebels against its makers. In cases like The Matrix it imprisons them; in Terminator, it tries to ...
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Was the laughing gas dentist scene in The Pink Panther Strikes Again done previously?

Was the laughing gas dentist scene in The Pink Panther Strikes Again done in a previous movie? Maybe a Jimmy Cagney comedy from the thirties or forties?
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Detective Movie Style

Which movie started the tradition of black-and-white movies with a first person narrative of a cool, suave private detective that investigates on behalf of a client. (generally wears a fedora and a ...
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When was the horror film technique where a character opens a door to the same room first done?

I've noticed this interesting and scary film technique where a character tries to exit through a door, only to find that they've entered the same room as before. I've seen it done in The Awakening ...
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What is the earliest use of “You just/still don't get it do you?”

There is a funny montage of movie and TV clips on YouTube in which variations of the phrase "you don't get it, do you" are used. Sometime after I watched that video I saw a 1959 episode of Bat ...
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What is the first movie to repeat the same sequence multiple times with different camera angles?

What is the first movie to repeat the sequence with different camera angle? For example, in Jackie Brown (1997) there is a scene where Jackie went shopping, then again the same sequence is repeated ...
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What is the original occurrence of this specific memory-loss / amnesia plot?

I am not searching for a specific movie I have seen, hence the question may be vague or a little off-topic (hopefully not too far). I am searching for the original movie (or source, maybe even in ...
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What is the first movie to hear reciever voice in phone?

In classic movies, they simply mute other person's voice in phone conservation scenes. So what is the first movie to hear receiver voice in phone?
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When did bombs start having fancy countdown timers?

I think that it's widely considered that bombs with cute LCD displays and timers displaying the time left, all in movies and video games, are highly unrealistic, because what evil villain wants to let ...
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Which was the first reality competition TV program that used the now common format of eliminating one contestant each episode?

It's now a common trope of the genre, whether it's getting kicked off the island or being told "You're fired!" but somebody had to have come up with this first. Who created the episode-ending ...
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What was the first movie that had only female characters?

What was the first movie that had only female characters? In a quiz competition that question was asked and I didn't know its answer. Although the question was for Bollywood but here my question is ...
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What is the origin of the “face behind a wall of equations” shot?

So, Hollywood really likes to make scientists and mathematicians write on Plexiglas (or mirrors, or windows, or other transparent or reflective surfaces). Presumably it's so they can get shots like ...
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What is the first movie to show bloopers at end credits?

See, I am not asking about post credit scene; I am asking about bloopers. I've done research & found "Rush Hour (1998)" is first movie to show bloopers at the end of the movie. Are there any older ...
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First movie with multiple personality disorder?

Which is the first movie to show having multiple personality disorder for one of its characters?
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Which was the first movie featuring only 1 character (that is seen in the movie)?

I want to know which was the first movie (not animated), which had only one character (which is seen) in the story. I am talking about movies like Buried and All is Lost. Not including short films or ...
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Which was the first film adaptation of television series?

Nowadays it seems that almost every successful television series winds up on the silver screen. For a while, every series from the '60s and '70s was being made into a film - from Mission Impossible ...
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What was the first film adaptation of a comic?

I've been watching Danger: Diabolik (1968) and when I read the Wikipedia article I realise it's actually an adaptation of a comic book character called Diabolik which made it one of the earliest comic ...
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Which was first TV show with animation?

Which was first TV show with animation in USA? No real characters. All characters should be animated.
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What's the earliest movie with a comedic scene of mistaking a bull for a cow?

As a child I saw an American comedy maybe from the 50s/60s about a woman who loses one man after the other by death. In one scene a soon-to-be-dead husband is trying to milk what he mistakes for a cow ...
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What was the first use of the driving closeup shots known from Miami Vice?

One of the trademarks of Miami Vice were the nightly cruises through Miami's streets, which were usually accompanied by great music and very characteristic camera shots showing closeups of the car ...
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What is the first instance of people filing a petition against casting a character?

These days people are very serious about the live action adaptation of their favorite character from comic books or novels. Some fans even file online petitions to request a change in the character's ...
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Flaming swords/on fire swords

What was the first film to use flaming/on fire swords? I'm most interested in when they're used in an offensive manner.
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What is the first occurence of pre-show (cinema advertising) in the world?

What is the first occurence of pre-show (cinema advertising) in the world? I really want to know and hope I can get the first picture of comercial shown on the screen.
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The Legendary Enormous Boulder Scene

Everyone knows this scene! Indiana Jones narrowly escapes death by a huge rolling boulder in the Raiders of the Lost Ark. However I recently watched the original Journey to the Center of the Earth ...
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Which is the first book about a movie?

Movies are often based on books. But when was the first time when a book was published about a movie? Example : a book was published about the Indian movie Sholay. Now this book is about the making of ...
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What was the first martial arts movie where someone plucked out an eye?

In the Kill Bill movies, Pai Mei and The Bride each pluck out one of Elle's eyes. In Five Fingers of Death (1972), one of the characters has his eye plucked out in the same fashion. Is Five Fingers ...
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First movie where the Bald Eagle's cry is dubbed as Red-Tailed Hawk cry?

As noted pretty much everywhere, the Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus Ieucocephalus) we hear in movies is, like most things, a result of movie magic. In real life, they should like they are chirping with ...
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What's the first movie or TV episode portraying a computer password?

Scenes of computer hackers trying to crack someone's password are very common today, but when you think about those scenes only work because the audience are aware that computers are secured using ...